This is an easy dish to prepare but will certainly make a good impression when placed on the family table. Chasseur means hunter in French and traditionally, a chasseur sauce can be paired with any meat and consists of mushrooms, shallots and cognac. Incredibly popular, it has spread from the country homes of France all over the globe.
What you’ll need to serve 8 people
For a deliciously hearty French classic, you’ll need the following ingredients:
Whether you use chicken thighs or breast is purely down to individual taste – 8 skinless thighs or breasts
X2 shallots chopped finely
Extra virgin olive oil (approx. 5 tablespoons)
Sliced button mushrooms
½ cup of dry white wine (optional)
2 tablespoons of whiskey or brandy (again optional)
¾ cup chicken stock
Using a large skillet or casserole dish, heat up your oil to a medium temperature.
Season the chicken with a touch of salt and pepper by placing it in a bowl and tossing to cover and then pan fry the chicken until it is lightly browned all over, remove from heat and cover.
Fry up the shallots until they soften but don’t go brown before adding the button mushrooms, cover with lid and cook for 3 minutes.
Stir in the all-purpose flour for 1 minute and then pour in the optional white wine, brandy or whiskey, tomato paste (2 teaspoons) and the stock.
Bring it all to a simmer and then reduce. Add in the cooked chicken, cover and simmer for between 40 minutes and one hour. Your chicken should be nicely tender by this time.
Top the dish with sprinkled parsley to taste. For more mouth-watering chicken dishes, go to http://food-tales.com/food-inspirations/food-recipes-from-around-the-world/5-of-the-most-loved-chicken-recipes-from-around-the-world
There are many ways to serve chicken chasseur which makes it an easy and versatile dish. Rashers of bacon can be added to the ingredients and chicken chasseur goes great with mashed potato or boiled rice and steamed broccoli.
This classic, rustic dish works well when paired with a French red wine such as a Bergerac. Place some crusty bread rolls on the table too and you’ll have a hearty feast fit for any special occasion or just a cold, fall evening.
Chicken Chasseur is also a dish that gets better with time. Refrigerate overnight and it will still be delicious the following day. Any leftovers (if there are any!) can also be used to make a chicken and mushroom frittata!